Capital Investments at WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) Point to Bright Future

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There are a few key trends to look out for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. First, we’ll want to see proof to return to on capital employed (ROCE) which is increasing, and on the other hand, a based capital employed. Basically, this means that a business has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a hallmark of a blending machine. Therefore, when we looked at ROCE trends at WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC), we liked what we saw.

Understanding return on capital employed (ROCE)

Just to clarify if you’re not sure, ROCE is a measure of the pre-tax income (as a percentage) that a business earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for WD-40, here is the formula:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

0.25 = $85 million ÷ ($421 million – $81 million) (Based on the last twelve months to November 2021).

So, WD-40 has a ROCE of 25%. This is a fantastic return and not only that, it exceeds the 17% average earned by companies in a similar industry.

Check out our latest analysis for WD-40

NasdaqGS: WDFC Return on Capital Employed April 6, 2022

Above, you can see how WD-40’s current ROCE compares to its past returns on capital, but there’s little you can say about the past. If you want, you can check out analyst forecasts covering WD-40 here for free.

What does the ROCE trend tell us for WD-40?

WD-40 is to be commended for its yields. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively stable at around 25% and the company has deployed 26% more capital into its operations. With such high returns, it’s great that the company can continually reinvest its money at such attractive rates of return. If WD-40 can continue like this, we would be very optimistic about its future.

What we can learn from the ROCE of WD-40

In summary, we are pleased to see that WD-40 compounded returns by reinvesting at consistently high rates of return, as these are common characteristics of a multi-bagger. So it’s no surprise that shareholders have earned a respectable 83% return if they’ve held for the past five years. So while the positive underlying trends can be explained by investors, we still think this stock deserves further investigation.

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